Arsenal Win Appeals for Red Card from Match vs. Chelsea

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Referee Andre Marriner shows Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal a red card during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on March 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have won both of their appeals relating to the incorrect red card given by Andre Marriner to Kieran Gibbs in the Gunners' 6-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.    

As The FA reported on Monday, Arsenal also won their appeal for wrongful dismissal relating to the handball:

The Commission ruled that the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs was a case of mistaken identity and transferred this to his team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Subsequent to deciding this matter, the Commission then considered Arsenal’s claim for wrongful dismissal in relation to Oxlade-Chamberlain.

This claim was upheld meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain will not serve any suspension with the standard punishment withdrawn with immediate effect.

Gibbs was sent off for supposedly handling an Eden Hazard shot on goal in the 16th minute of the game.

However, replays clearly showed that it was in fact Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who had handled the ball and that the Belgian's attempt on goal looked to be going wide anyway.

On appeal, the FA has decided that Gibbs was indeed a victim of mistaken identity and will therefore serve no ban. 

The decision will be welcomed by Arsenal's management, players and fans alike as the poor result against Chelsea means Arsenal are now seven points off the pace in the race for the Premier League title.

With fixtures against Everton and Manchester City coming up in the league in the next two weeks, Arsenal will need a full complement of players if they want to stay in the title race.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal evades the tackle of Nabil Bentaleb of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 16, 2014 in London, England
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Despite his gaffe on Saturday, Marriner has been retained and will referee Saturday's game between Southampton and Newcastle, per BBC Sport.

The referee apologised for his blunder after the match, per BBC Sport, and received support from many for not having been given enough assistance on the pitch.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was one of those who spoke up for Marriner, as the Times' Tony Barrett reports:

Arsenal will play Swansea in the Premier League on Tuesday at The Emirates.

Perhaps this news will offer a bit of positive momentum leading up to the match.